2019 Artist in Residence Program

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a vital resource for Pittsburgh’s art community. Artwork incorporating materials provided by Creative Reuse has been featured in the Pittsburgh Biennial, Emerging Artist of the Year exhibitions at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and dozens of incredible gallery shows throughout Pittsburgh. Our Artist in Residence program brings one Pittsburgh-based artist into our unique space to present a new body of work in a bustling community center focused on reuse, community, and creativity.

One artist will be selected for a two-month art-making residency period, a two-month gallery show, and an $800 stipend and $300 worth of materials from Creative Reuse in order to complete their proposal. The selected artist will hold one drop-in demonstration day and host one workshop throughout the program.


2019 Artist in Residence Project Timeline

  • June 23 at 11:59 pm: application and supporting materials due
  • June 28: chosen artist is announced
  • July 1-August 29: art-making residency period
  • July TBD: artist holds demonstration day
  • August 29: opening reception
  • August TBD: artist hosts workshop
  • August 29-October 24: gallery show


Selection Process

We are looking for one Pittsburgh area artist working in any visual discipline that can represent the concept of creative reuse and utilize reclaimed materials in their work. Priority will be given to artists within a 3-mile radius of Creative Reuse, as well as artists from marginalized communities including low-income, Black and Brown, differently-abled, LGBTQIA+, and immigrant/refugee communities. A team of Creative Reuse staff members with professional art experience will collaboratively review applications. A rubric which scores applicants by quality of past work, history of reuse-focused art, potential for reuse-focused art, and a fully formed proposal with a balance of practicality and vision will be used to determine the chosen artist. The most successful proposals will include explorations of sustainability, reuse, creativity, and community.


How to Apply

  1. Fill out the application at by June 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
  2. Send 10 images representative of your work by June 23 at 11:59pm. Include a CV or resume if you have one, but this is not required.


Art and Gallery Information

Artwork created during the residency must be for sale (50/50 artist/gallery), must be appropriate for all audiences, and must be made with reclaimed materials. The artist self-installs their work in the gallery. The gallery is one light grey concrete wall approximately 21 feet long by 8 feet tall. A wooden beam runs along the top of the wall, and movable metal wires with hooks can be placed anywhere along the wooden beam to hang work. Additionally, a wooden latticework structure crisscrosses the wall, allowing for lots of variation and creativity in your display. No holes can be drilled in the wall. 3D work is welcome as long as you provide the pedestals on which they will sit or you arrange for your work to safely sit on the floor. Please keep in mind that our hanging system cannot accommodate very heavy pieces and that any 3D work needs to be no wider than 3 feet in any dimension so that it will fit in the space.

We encourage you to check out our gallery space in person before applying. The gallery area is a multi-use space used for volunteer work, pop-up sales, meetings, workshops – and, of course, the display of your artwork!


Questions? Contact:

Ash Andrews, Executive Director